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Troilus and Cressida

Synopsis
A video recording, using a single, fixed camera of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1990 production of Troilus and Cressida. Directed by Sam Mendes with Amanda Root as Cressida, Ralph Fiennes as Troilus and Simon Russell Beale as Thersites.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
26 Jan 1991
Duration
180 mins

Credits

Director
Sam Mendes
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Shaun Davey
Production Design
Anthony Ward
Cast
Ralph FiennesTroilus
Amanda RootCressida
Simon Russell BealeThersites
Norman RodwayPandarus
Alfred BurkeNestor
Ciaran HindsAchilles
David TroughtonHector
Grant ThatcherDiomedes
Griffith JonesPriam, King of Troy
John WarnabyParis
Julie SaundersAndromache
Linda Kerr ScottCassandra
Lloyd HutchinsonAlexander
Michael BottHelenus
Michael GardinerMenelaus
Mike DowlingAeneas
Paterson JosephPatroclus
Richard AveryCalchas
Richard RidingsAjax
Sally DexterHelen
Shura GreenbergServant (attending on Paris)
Simon AustinAntenor
Sylvester MorandAgamemnon

Additional Details

Theatre
Swan Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
No period
Plays
Troilus and Cressida
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
The RSC Archive made recordings of the production at the Swan Theatre and The Pit.
History
Press night (Swan) 26 April 1990.
Stills
Stills from, and design notes on, the production are available on the Arts and Humanities Performing Arts Data Service (AHDS) at http://ahds.ac.uk/performingarts/collections/designing-shakespeare.htm
Reviews
Beale, Simon Russell ‘Thersites in Troilus and Cressida’ in Jackson, Russell & Smallwood, Robert (eds). Players of Shakespeare 3: Further Essays in Shakespearian Performance by Players with the Royal Shakespeare Company. (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993), pp160-73. Simon Russell Beale talks about his playing of the role of Thersites in Sam Mendes’ production.

Production Company

Name

Royal Shakespeare Company

Web
https://www.rsc.org.uk External site opens in new window
Address
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Waterside
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
CV37 6BB

Archive

Name

Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive

Email
scla@shakespeare.org.uk
Web
https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 204016 (bookings)
Fax
01789 262073
Address
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW

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